I can’t believe that six weeks have passed since I last wrote on my blog! A lot has happened in the mean time and I have even more to tell you.

Coming Soon "I wish, I wish..." online watercolor and mixed media workshop + Art for Earth fundraiser project for treesisters

New online course, e-book AND project launch!

This coming 3 April an Art Bundle is launched that I’ve created a totally new online course and wrote a challenging e-book for! It’s a fundraiser for Treesisters and I can’t wait to share it with you because this is a project I poured my heart into. I can’t tell you the ins and outs just yet, but I can unveil a tiny bit by saying that this bundle will contain one brandspanking new online watercolor and mixed media workshop by my hand + an challenging e-book for a project that comes straight from the heart. It’s got everything to do with Art, Experiencing Meaning in Life and Nature and our connection to it. The online workshop is also for sale separately for those not interested in an art bundle.

Books come in all shapes and sizes

So…you may remember I was writing a book. When Tamara Laporte invited me to join this project, I put the book on hold to write the online course and e-book. Doing so, I realized that in writing this new material, I was also writing “my book”, only in a different form. It was another way of telling my story. And a really fun way of doing it and for others to take in, I think. I enjoyed the process of creating a new online course so much. Perhaps online teaching is altogether another way of ‘writing my book’. And maybe people would prefer that to a textbook. After all, it brings across the message in a visual, inspiring, interactive and challenging way. What do you think? Would you rather read a book or find a message in courses?

The Little Big World promophoto
Quite a bit of “my story” found its way into this e-book…it’s part of the project that is launched next week.

I could do with a little help…

There’s one thing I find dramatically challenging about online teaching, thouh. I mean the M-word: “marketing”. If you are subscribed to my newsletter, you will know that I took some M-classes and got put off enormously by “the sales funnel”. I don’t want to force anything down anybody’s throat. I want to inspire and help people develop their artistic skills and, if I can, help them in their personal growth if they’re looking for that. But in the current “market” (another M-word) it’s hugely important to let the world know what you have to offer or else valuable things get overlooked. So, even though it’s outside my comfort zone, I will have to do some marketing. But I was wondering if perhaps you could help me spread the news next week? It would really help if you could share a blogpost or a facebook post, for example. And in the mean time I’m putting my teeth into learning to execute the M-word and shine bright like a star, but a little help on the side would be quite the encouragement 🙂

New Work and Art for Sale

Treeman Green - watercolor painting by Mandy van Goeije
Treeman Green

In the past months I’ve created some new work. These two are watercolor treemen. They were very much inspired by my nature journal. One of the things I love most about nature journaling is the study of textures. These trees are both full of texture. It takes a huge amount of time to paint such minute details, but I can’t help it…I love doing it. For the treeman below I studied bark of a cork-like tree bark I once found in France. And the rock texture is based on some textures of rocks here on the beach. I love when I manage to pull off the feel of it in watercolor…

Treeman Walkabout- watercolor painting by Mandy van Goeije
Treeman Walkabout

I seldom sell originals, but I’ve got so many paintings now that I must start selling my work or else there’s no room for any new ones. So to start with three, I’ve also listed the original watercolor “Michaela” for sale. Should you be interested, I’ve added a link to each salespage in the images, so if you click on them, they will take you to the shop.

Michaela, watercolor painting by Mandy van Goeije

And can I pick your brain a little more? I’ve so many paintings lying about at the moment. What kind of art would you like to buy? What style do you like? And if it were an option, would you buy an original or a print? I was trying to guess, but maybe it’s better to your brain…

Online courses back in my shop

When you’re in my Etsy store, you will see my other online courses for sale again and you can already see my new online course listed. It’s ready to go, but on 3 April an Art Bundle will be launched that it’s part of. So if you feel like doing a lot of online classes and want to check that out, then please hold your breath for a few more days 🙂 On 3 April I will publish a link that takes you right to it! If you want to be the first to know about this wonderful project, then please sign up for my Newsletter if you haven’t already done so. I will make sure it reaches you the moment the clock strikes 3 April ♥